Jude 22, “And of some have compassion, making a difference.”
Many Christians have what they call a life verse, and this verse so happens to be mine. I’ve had a couple throughout my life, but this one has stuck with me the longest. Growing up, people would ask me what I wanted to do with my life. I would answer that I wanted to do whatever it is that God wants me to do. I know that is a common answer from a child, but I meant it with all my heart. As I grew older, I kept that same answer, but I knew that no matter what I did, I wanted to make a difference.
I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others which I get to do at my work. Secondly, I wanted to make a difference for the cause of Christ. That is the purpose of the Christian. By following the great commission and serving in our local, New Testament church, we can make a difference for the cause of Christ. In order to make a difference though, we must have compassion. Compassion is not always natural. It can take work because we are naturally selfish. We must work at having and showing compassion. Christ has compassion and people noticed it. If we have compassion, others will notice and we can point them to Christ.
It also takes determination and focus. It won’t happen by itself. It is something that that we must determine to do each and every day and stay focused until we accomplish that goal of having compassion. We can’t make a difference on our own. We must ask the Lord to help us. Ask the One who showed the most and best compassion to help you have compassion. Let us focus today on trying to have and show compassion, and with this compassion, make a difference.